Why do some cyclists think foldies (and their riders) are inferior and can't keep up?
In addition to commuting, my friends and I like to take longer rides on our Dahon foldies and we usually do 30km to 40km when we meet.
We are not triathletes or training for the Tour De France, but we are fairly fit (we've been riding 3 to 5 times a week for 6 months now, in addition to the daily commutes). Heck, most of us don't even own lycra.
So it has been interesting to see reactions to our bikes. It ranges from amusement to almost disdain.
I've gotten remarks like "You rode here all the way in that small thing?" and "Your bike looks like a toy." and "Your bikes look gay."
Recently, this guy on a road bike overtook us. My friend was on a 9-speed MU-C9 and I was on a 7-speed Vitesse. We decided to not overtake him back because another friend of ours was on a 3-speed Curve and taking a little longer. But just for fun, we kept up with the roadie. I think he did not expect it, because there was this look of surprise each time he looked back and saw us still behind him, and not eating his dust.
It was a fun ride nonetheless, and we got some decent exercise too.
Do you foldie riders get this kind of reaction a lot?